The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announces that Arthur J. Jackson, Medal of Honor recipient, passed away Wednesday evening, June 14, 2017, in Boise, Idaho at the age of 92.
Arthur Junior Jackson was born October 18, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio. Jackson was 15 when his parents moved to Portland, Oregon, where he finished his education at Grant High School. He worked as a civilian for a Navy construction company in Alaska before returning to Portland and officially enlisting and being assigned to the 1st Marine Division.
He was fighting at the Battle of Peleliu in World War II when his platoon’s advance was held up by the fire of enemy troops concealed in strongly fortified positions. Jackson unhesitatingly proceeded forward and used his automatic weapon, grenades, and explosive charges, to single-handedly wipe out 12 pillboxes, greatly contributing to securing Peleliu Island’s southern sector. He was later wounded at Okinawa and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War before returning to the Marine Corps. He again served with the U.S. Army Reserves, until retiring as a Captain in 1984.
He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman at a White House ceremony on October 5, 1945. Funeral services are pending. There are 71 recipients alive today.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by Congress in 1958 and consists exclusively of the living recipients of our nation’s highest award for bravery in combat, the Medal of Honor. Those who wear this light blue ribbon and Medal around their neck are “recipients” of this prestigious award; they are not “winners.” Although it is common to refer to the Medal as the Congressional Medal of Honor, it is simply named the Medal of Honor, although, as stated, the Congress did establish the Society as the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.